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What pup doesn’t like to play? Our play category is all about the fun stuff. You learn about the best dog toys, the best dog parks, and just random fun stuff for you and your canine to share and play with.

Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

2 dogs fighting: Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

If you’ve spent any time at the dog park, there is no doubt that you’ve seen lots of dogs of all different types and sizes playing. Some play rough, some gently and some, well, they just don’t even care about the other dogs (why hang out with dogs when the people have nothing better to do than give out rubs?). Often they chase each other, wrestle, or even growl at one another. But, how do you know when the play is escalating to aggression? And why do dogs growl when playing?

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Tips for Safe Traveling With Dogs In the Car

Tips for Safe Traveling with Dogs from Canine Journal

When most of us get in our cars, the routine is non-negotiable. Children are buckled in safety seats or, if older, in seat belts. All the adults buckle up. When that’s all done, only then do we start the car and begin our journeys, knowing that we’ve taken an important step toward the safety of ourselves and our passengers. Unfortunately, those same safety considerations often don’t extend to our canine travelers…

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Best Dog Barrier for Cars: Ride Safer With Your Pup

Dog outside car with dog barrier

Does your dog like to explore the vehicle while you’re driving down the road? Your pup probably starts out in the back seat, then meanders up front with you (making sure to whack you in the face with her tail), then wanders to the back and continues this pattern until you reach your destination. This can be dangerous for your dog, you and other drivers on the road because you could get distracted by your dog. We know your dog doesn’t mean any harm, they’re just so excited to be on the road with you. We recommend some type of restraint for a dog when traveling in a vehicle. You can choose one of the barriers in this article or take a look at other types of restraints like seatbelts. As long as you’re keeping your dog out of your line of sight on the road, that’s all that matters for safety purposes…

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What Is the Best Dog Ramp for SUVs?

Lab going down dog ramp off back of SUV

My sister has an 110-pound Labrador retriever who can’t jump. Whenever they hop in the car, he puts his front paws on the vehicle and waits for someone to lift his back legs in. He’s done this his whole life — he simply refuses to jump. However, once they reach their destination, he is capable of jumping down out of the vehicle. Overall it’s pretty harmless, but when my sister was seven months pregnant and trying to take the dog to the vet on her own, it could’ve ended pretty badly. I think her husband would’ve been more comfortable if she had a dog ramp for the SUV…

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Ew, That Smell: How to Get Dog Pee Smell Out of Carpet

How to Get Dog Pee Smell Out of Carpet

As dog owners, we’ve all been there. You got delayed at the office or running errands, and your dog couldn’t hold it any longer. Of course, he picked the perfect place on the carpet to pee. Or even worse, your pet has chosen a regular spot to relieve himself in your home because you haven’t been able to completely eliminate the smell. Never fear! We’ll give you some expert tips on how to get dog pee smell out of carpet for good…

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Best Pet Sitting Websites: DogVacay vs Rover vs Care vs Fetch vs PetSitters

Going to be away for work or vacation and looking for an in-home pet sitting service? The dog-sitting sites in this article are like Airbnb for dogs and provide in-home dog sitting as well as other services like grooming, walking and training so you don’t have to worry about boarding your pooch while you’re away. Find out which of the best pet sitting websites provide guarantees and background checks, which ones are less detailed and why pet sitting is superior to putting your pup in a crowded kennel…

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Best Dog Seat Belts, Car Seats and Harnesses

Dog sitting in front seat in car harness

When we adopted our dog Sally, we knew she’d be going everywhere with us. We have many adventures planned and want her to be on as many of them as possible. But we also wanted to make sure she was safe in the vehicle, so we purchased a dog car restraint. She has been doing great with the dog seatbelt, although now and then she does bonk her head on the window when we stop at a stoplight. We feel much safer knowing our Sally has a seatbelt and is safe in case we get in an accident. We’ve reviewed different car restraints for dogs for you to consider. You won’t need all three for your dog, but you may notice that once stands out from the rest, so be sure to read about all of your options below…

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Dog Evolution History: Where Do Dogs Come From?

Old photo of woman and dogs in her lap

Ever look down at your dog and wonder where she came from? We’re not talking about who her parents were, but something deeper than that. While human evolution is a hot topic, what about dog evolution? Did dogs evolve from another animal or were they created by a greater being and placed on Earth to be our best friends? While there is a great deal of conflict on this subject, there are some answers we can give you about dog evolution…

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World’s Most Low Energy Dogs (and High Energy Dogs Too)

Dog yawning

Ever wondered why some dogs act like couch potatoes while others are natural Olympians? Breed type is often to thank (or blame) for Fido’s feisty (or lazy) behavior. While good looks and personality are important, you should also take into consideration each breed’s energy level so you can make sure his or her exercise levels are adequately met given your lifestyle and location. We’ll discuss the various low energy dog breeds as well as the high energy dogs too so you can learn which breed is a good fit for you…

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